Celebs Call Out Homophobic, Transphobic Interviewers

Kudos to these celebs for standing up for the LGBTQ community.

Sometimes, interviewers say some pretty anti-gay, anti-trans things to or about celebrities. Even nowadays, in 2022! It’s Pride Month, so it’s important to acknowledge how much work some people have to do and how much more progress needs to be made!

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Here are 16 times celebs spoke up against homophobic or transphobic comments from interviewers:


When Barbara Walters pressed Ricky Martin to come out in 2000. Ricky insisted that sexuality was a private matter and she kept pushing, saying, “Well, you could stop these rumors.”

Last year, Ricky called out how invasive and inappropriate Barbara was, saying he felt trapped, afraid, and violated.


“When she dropped the question, I felt violated because I was just not ready to come out. I was very afraid,” he said. “There’s a little PTSD with that… When it comes to my sexuality, when it comes to who I am, I want to talk about what I’m made of, about everything that I am. Because if you hide it, it’s a life-or-death situation.”


And when she said this to Travis Weber, who was arguing against trans women being able to use women’s bathrooms:


When Madonna went back on this rude interviewer who suggested people are gonna find her film’s discussions of anti-gayness offensive:

When promoting the documentary Truth or Dare in 1991, Madonna effortlessly shuts down this interviewer’s question about how the homophobic public will react to the film.

Twitter: @JustifyMyLee


When Mariah Carey went back at Carson Daly for making an anti-gay comment saying the “Loverboy” shirts were only for women:


And when Ariana Grande did the same after Power 106 interviewers said the unicorn emoji was for girls or “boy-ees,” whatever that means:


When Melissa Etheridge checked Elisabeth Hasselbeck (a notorious “marriage is between a man and a woman” person) on The View after gay marriage was denied in California at the time:


When Lady Gaga shut down Anderson Cooper’s anti-trans question about her being a “hermaphrodite”:


When Janet Mock penned this essay after Breakfast Club Interviewers Charlamagne tha God and DJ Envy talked with guest Lil Duval, who said he’d “kill” a trans woman if he found out she was trans after sleeping with her. Then, they held up Janet’s book and talked and laughed about her look:


When German singer, Till Lindemann, went back at this interviewer who was being anti-trans in 2015:

Twitter: @JaymzHomofield


When Barbara Walters stood up to Bill O’Reilly after he questioned why “this gay guy” Adam Lambert made it on her Most Fascinating People list in 2009. He also said Lambert performs “that way because he’s gay”: